sustainability tip of the week


Make your computer ‘greener’?


Ninety percent of desktop computers are not optimized for energy efficiency. Setting the power management settings on your computer can help save more than 400 kilowatt-hours annually or between $40-$80 each year.

Here are some easy steps for PC users to get started:

  • Go to the “start” menu and click on it
  • Click on “control panel”
  • Double click on “power management” or “power options”
  • Where it says “power schemes,” choose “always on” from the drop-down list
  • Below the “settings for always on power scheme” tab, look for two drop-down lists, labeled “turn off monitor” and “turn off hard disks,” respectively
  • From each list select the amount of time you want your computer to wait before entering energy savings mode—between 2-15 minutes depending on your personal preferences

Apple users will simply go the Apple pull-down menu, select “system preferences” and then “energy saver.”

Sustainability tips are provided by Heather Farley, sustainability coordinator for the Office of Sustainability.
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